Pub operator and brewer Brakspear has recognised licensees from eight of its tenanted and leased pubs at its 2019 Hospitality Awards.

At an awards ceremony held at the Little Angel, Henley-on-Thames, the winning tenants were presented with a plaque and £500, which Brakspear is doubling to £1,000 if they choose to spend it on refurbishing their pub.

Their success followed rigorous judging, which reviewed sales growth, mysytery customer scores, and Tripadvisor reports. Independent judges were involved in a number of categories.

Hospitality Award winners

  • Best newcomers: Adam and Niki Fortes and Colin Savory, Heron on the Ford, Charvil, Reading
  • Best-keptcellar: Claire and Mick Sugg, Hare and Hounds, Sonning Common
  • Best bar focused: Antosh Samek, Clayton’s, Marlow
  • Best garden: Dan Redfern, Cherry Tree, Stoke Row
  • Best Sunday roast: Jayne Worrall, Bull, Wargrave
  • Best all-rounder: Lee Cooper, Connaught, Hove
  • Best fundraiser: Rachel and Dan Selman, the Unicorn, Kingwood, who raised £2,010 for Mind, Brakspear’s preferred charity for 2018/19
  • Best customer service: a new award this year, presented to Nicola Hickey at the Six Bells, Warborough

Brakspear chief executive, Tom Davies, said: “Judging the Hospitality Awards every year reminds us of the talent within our company, and we are proud to have some of the best operators in the business running Brakspear pubs.

“We take our awards very seriously. All nominations are reviewed thoroughly, and choosing the winners seems to get harder every year as standards rise across the estate.

“Tonight’s winners should be very pleased with their success and we know they’ll be celebrating again when back in their pub, thanking the teams and the customers who have helped them win this recognition.”

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